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Tibet Festival 2011 Vancouver

August 01, 2011

(Vancouver, Aug 1, 2011): The Tibetan Cultural Society of British Columbia (TCS) and Tsengdok Monastery Association are delighted to welcome the public to join them at the Tibet Festival Vancouver, on August 27, from 11am to 7pm. The Tibetan community of BC has developed an exciting and fun-filled program this for this year’s festival, building on the enthusiasm and success of Tibet Festival 2010, attended by over 1000 people.

Welcoming remarks will be provided by Chief Leonard George. The opening blessing will be performed by the monks of Tsengdok Monastery.

Throughout the day festival attendees can enjoy performances of Tibetan music and dance, visual arts, eat delicious food, and shop in the Himalayan market. Performances will include Tibetan spiritual chants and ritual dances, Tibetan Children of BC playing and singing songs that have been passed to them from their elders, and highly acclaimed professional artists performing traditional folk and contemporary music. Everyone at the festival will be invited to join the fun of community “kor shey” (circle dances).

Door prizes and silent auction items include various crafts, music CDs, original art donated by the artists, and gift certificates for Vancouver Tibet Kitchen and the Shangrila Hotel. For the full list of door prize and auction items, refer to:

Proceeds from the Festival will be donated to the Tibetan Resettlement Project, a humanitarian initiative to resettle to Canada 1000 displaced Tibetans who currently reside in Arunachal Pradesh, a remote State in the far North East of India.

The displaced Tibetans first settled there in 1959, after fleeing from foreign invasion and oppression in their homeland. Although the Government of India and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile have worked diligently to help the people build sustainable communities in Arunachal Pradesh, a variety of complex logistical challenges thwarted their efforts.

In 2007, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked the Canadian Government to help by allowing these Tibetans to migrate to Canada. Resettlement to Canada will provide them with greater hope and opportunities, for now and for future generations. There will be a presentation and information session at the Tibet Festival. Details of the Resettlement Project are available at this link:

In addition to the Resettlement Project, a portion of the proceeds of the Festival will be donated to support the ongoing Japanese Tsunami relief efforts.


Festival details:

Date/time: Saturday August 27, 2011, from 11am to 7pm

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver

Suggested Donation: $5.00


Further Details and Program Updates:




For up to date information and specific timing regarding the schedule for the Festival, refer to:


The information below describes some of the highlights of the day, including brief introductions to the featured artists, performers, and presenters.

Tibetan Arts Demonstrations

v Calligraphy: Sonam Rinchen, Tibetan Language Teacher

v Butter Sculpture & Mandala Designs: Lama Sopa, of Tsengdok Monastery

v Traditional Musical Instruments: Tenzin Tsephel

v Tsampa making (traditional food): Tsezom and Namlha Yuthok

v Thangka painting: Karma Dradul of Thrangu Monastery, Richmond, BC

Featured Performing Artists

Buddhist Masters of Tsengdok Monastery will perform monastic chants and ritual dances. These ancient traditions have been passed from generation to generation of spiritual practitioners in the Himalayan region for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

The Tibetan Children's Music Ensemble was originally formed in 2006 to support the preservation and instruction of Tibetan arts amongst youth in the Lower Mainland of BC. The founder was Gen. Tseten Chonjore, who at the time was teaching Tibetan language at UBC. Tenzin Gyurme now leads the children’s group. He was born and raised within the Tibetan exile community in India, and immigrated to Canada 15 years ago. Tenzin aims to pass on his love of Tibetan music, and the cultural knowledge that was instilled in him during his years as a student in Tibetan school in Dalhousie, in NW India.

The performing group now consists of approximately 10 Tibetan youth, including Tenzin’s two sons. In addition to leading the children’s group, Tenzin will guide everyone at the Tibet Festival in the fun and playfulness of “Kor Shey”, community circle dances.

Jamyang Yeshi was born into a nomadic family in the Amdo region of Tibet, where music and song permeates all aspects of family life. He escaped across the Himalayas in 1998, settling in Dharamsala, India. There, he launched his career as a professional musician, performing powerful and hauntingly beautiful songs that are filled with rhythms and love of his homeland. Jamyang has performed throughout India, in Russia, and has toured the United States and Canada. He now resides on Vancouver Island.

Lobsang Gyamtso sings traditional songs from his homeland, evoking the vast pastoral lands, hills, and mountains central to his family’s nomadic life in Amdo, Tibet. Lobsang left his homeland in 2000, but his powerful voice and songs of the heart take him, and his audience, home. Lobsang ‘s performance at Tibet Festival 2010 had the audience riveted.

Shenpenn Khymsar performs his original music in a contemporary style. His powerful, and thought provoking work connects us to the passion, spirit, and complexity of modern Tibetan youth. Shenpenn is currently touring his documentary film about the Tibetan struggle and his connection to it, as a Tibetan who was born and raised in exile. Shenpenn embodies his music, life, and the struggle for Tibet, as one:

Tibetan Resettlement Project Presentation

Representatives of the Tibetan community of BC and Canada Tibet Committee will provide an overview of the Resettlement Project, including providing information for the public on how they can help.

The presentation will include slides from KC Kyirong’s recent trip to Arunachal Pradesh, and a short documentary film on the Tibetan Resettlement Project, featuring Tibetan leaders and community members in India, and school children whose families live in Arunachal Pradesh.

The presenters are: KC Kyirong: KC was born and raised in the Lower Mainland of BC. She is deeply attached to the community in Arunachal Pradesh, where her mother was born. KC has made many trips to India to visit her relatives there. At the Tibetan Festival she will present slides of her August 2011 trip, and will provide her perspectives on the community and the need for the Resettlement Project. In June and July of 2011 KC lived in Dharamsala, India, where she studied at the “Institute of Tibetan Thangka Art” (ITTA). In September, KC will begin Art Studies at Langara College in Vancouver.

Mati Bernabei: Mati has been a frequent traveller to Asia since 1988, and has worked closely with Tibetan community there, particularly in the field of education. Her MA and PhD research centred on Tibetan schooling in India and Nepal, with a focus on efforts within the Tibetan education system to construct and maintain identity and community affiliations in the diaspora. One of the schools that has she worked closely with provides care and education to approximately 250 children whose financially destitute families live in extremely remote villages in Arunachal Pradesh, approximately 3000 km away. Mati is a professional educator and is a member of the Board of Directors of Canada Tibet Committee (CTC).

The Hosts of the Tibet Festival

The Tibetan Cultural Society of B.C. works to preserve, promote, and celebrate Tibetan Culture in British Columbia. The first Tibetans to settle in BC arrived here in the early 1970s.

Tsengdok Monastery Association is a Tibetan Buddhist Centre headed by Tsengdok Rinpoche. Rinpoche was born in Amdo Rebkong, Tibet, and began his monastic studies at Rebkong Rongpo Monastery. In 1994 he entered Gaden Jangtse Monastery in South India, where he continued his studies in Buddhist philosophy. He established Tsengdok Monastery in Vancouver in 2007.

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